Cotton Fungal Microbiomics: Protecting Plants and Improving Yields

Date(s) - 10 Feb 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

U.S. Arid Land Agricultural Research Center (ALARC)

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Dr. Greg Sword, Texas A&M University
Cotton Fungal Microbiomics: Protecting Plants and Improving Yields
Gregory Sword grew up in southern Arizona and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona in 1992. He went on to receive a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Texas in 1998.  After conducting postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford, including fieldwork in West Africa, he returned to the United States and worked as a Research Ecologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service in Montana for five years.  In 2006 he accepted a position as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney in Australia where he was ultimately promoted to Associate Professor.  Five years later, his globetrotting continued with his current appointment as Professor and Charles R. Parencia Chair in Cotton Entomology in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. To-date, Sword’s ground-breaking research into insect host plant use, ecology and evolution has resulted in 70 scientific publications and been featured in multiple international media outlets, including The New York Times, Animal Planet, The History Channel, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel